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C4 Double Coffee Brown Ale | 8 Wired Brewing Co.

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3.95/5
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110 Ratings
C4 Double Coffee Brown AleC4 Double Coffee Brown Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
8 Wired Brewing Co.
New Zealand (Aotearoa)
8wired.co.nz

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
In my opinion, coffee rivals beer for the title of "greatest beverage in the world". I often say that I would rather give up beer than coffee. So it is only natural that we would attempt to make a beverage that incorporates both. If we were to succeed, surely this would then become the greatest beverage in the world? After years of research and trials in the garage, I have come up with what I think is the perfect marriage of coffee and beer: A hoppy double brown ale, that compliments both the roasty and fruity aspects of the coffee without putting up too much of a fight. The coffee was selected in collaboration with the Christchurch institution C4 Coffee and consists mainly of lightly roasted, delicate and floral, Ethiopian beans. Worlds are colliding and, in my humble opinion, greatness is achieved on the other side.

50 IBU

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#12,344
Reviews:
28
Ratings:
110
pDev:
10.38%
 
 
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8
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Great ale. Well balanced and slightly hoppy

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Bottle: Poured a light clear brown color ale with a rather large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of coffee is pretty intense with loads of floral notes without any astringency. Taste is also dominated by floral coffee notes with light caramelized notes. Body is about average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very good offering with great balance and no astringency

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4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on-tap at the GABS festival in Melbourne, and then again several weeks later at the Best of GABS in Sydney (many glasses thereof).

Pours a light red-brown colour, with surprising clarity. Body seems a little light. Head forms a pleasant yellow fine ring which leaves solid lacing in its wake. Minimal carbonation when it's static, but fine and firm when the beer is tilted. Looks good.

Nose is really bright and sharp, all produced with rather deep dark characters. Roastedness is prominent, but the coffee note gives a truly fruity character. Chocolate comes through to provide some basis. Overall, it's a really lovely aroma, and masterfully executed.

Biting front palate gives characters of berry fruit and fresh coffee, followed by more deeper roasted coffee notes and a mild nutty sweetness. Finish has some dusky dry cocoa and chocolate characters. It feels full reaching across the whole palate, side-to-side and front-to-back, meaning it subsides everywhere at once, leaving quite a creamy aftertaste.

The feel is just a little light, but that's about the only weak point to an otherwise excellent brew.

I actually wasn't overly excited by the prospect of this beer when I heard of it, but I must have forgotten who was brewing it. Søren from 8 Wired brings another great beer to the table with this one: it was one of my absolute favourites from the festival.

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look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is good, but I'm not a huge hoppy brown ale fan and the coffee doesn't seem to add anything to me. Appearance is great with a huge tan head that slowly settles some lace, and a clear amber brown color. Aroma is a faint brown ale. Flavor is basically a coffee flavored hoppy brown ale. Body is good. I'll drink this one, but don't want another.

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Picked this up at a great little beer store in Arlon, Miorge Mihoublon. Nice mahogany pour with a two finger beige head with great retention and lacing. The nose is pretty huge and dominated by the coffee. Very roasty and nutty with hints of brown bread, caramel, and hops. The taste is bold and rich and also dominated by the coffee, but there's a surprising hop profile as well. I've tasted a ton of coffee beers, but the coffee in this one really is unique and stands out from the pack. I think it's because most have been stouts, and this Brown Ale really complements the coffee perfectly. Also getting hints of toffee, cocoa, nuts, brown bread, and just a touch of vanilla. The mouthfeel leans to the thick side and is slightly syrupy with a great dry, subtly bitter finish. Overall, this is definitely top 3 in both coffee beers and brown ales. Incredibly drinkable and really stands out. Hoping I can find it again!

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As I read the brewer's excerpts about both beer an coffee being the best beverages ever known, who am I to argue? Although I imbibe in both equally, one is meant for day while the other is reserved for night- but both come together with a taste that's best meant for either brunch or that late relaxing pick-me-up.

Its simple brown color is actually less simple as its bright clarity shines through tawny and garnet-red highlights. Building above is a creamy coffee-like creme that laces the surface and the glass with appearances of heavy whipping cream.

High coffee aromatics actually start out earthy and sweet, but with that deeper whiff a much more vibrant columbian coffee scent reveals nutty, scorched earth, butter and brittle. Much softer than "espresso" richness or burnt qualities, the base scent of toffee, chocolate and toast allow the base beer underneath to control its late scent.

To taste, there's a semi-sweet chocolate flavor that rises first. But a quick follow-up of nuts, dark wood, and cream round out a smooth and java-forward initial taste. It's middle is even more rounded with malt sweetness as well as a hoppy herbal note. It's earthen with grain, coffee spice, and chicory. Loving how the beer comes together, its coffee, chocolate and nut character is alive and well from sip 'til finish.

Medium-full, there's a "bigness" to the beer that suggests a fuller palate sensation, but the coffee and semi-dry late palate keeps things smooth, highly drinkable and delicately bitter.

Its final impressions are all about chocolaty "standout" character. Though reserved, I'm not quite sure whether the beer is bigger on brown or bigger on coffee- and that is all of its charm: Its a masterful ale that finds favor in any beer lovers glass!

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Pours a reddish brown colour, clear with foamy creamy beige head. Medium retention. Bit thin-looking, but not bad at all.

Smells spicy and roasty, lightish with decent complexity. Lots of coffee and spicy notes and a sweet touch on the back. Nice.

Spice and roast continue on the palate. Lots of coffee notes and a good toasty warm feel. Coffee, spice and malt with star anise, pepper and cinnamon, plus a nice sweet caramel note finishing off. Beautifully constructed palate, really quite lovely.

Mouthfeel is a bit dry from that spice but not too much. Full body, very nice.

Great brown ale. Didn't expect much from this but it's everything you could want from the style. Big, flavoursome, roasty but not too much. Brilliant drop.

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C4 Double Coffee Brown Ale from 8 Wired Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.95 out of 5 with 110 ratings